Olympics 2016: Day 8 Preview

Updated Sunday 14th August 2016, 03:42 AM

Saturday 13th August

The equivalent day at London 2012 became known as ‘Super Saturday’ following a spree of six gold medals for the host nation, and it could be another night to remember for Team GB as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all strut their stuff at the Olympic Stadium. On perhaps the most jam-packed day of Rio 2016, there is also a sensational night in store at the velodrome and the swimming and rowing competitions will come to an end.

Pick of the Medal Events

Athletics: Heptathlon (Concludes 02:50 Sunday BST) - It could be a British one-two as reigning champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and young Liverpudlian Katarina Johnson-Thompson battle it out on the second and final day of heptathlon action.

Odds: Jessica Ennis-Hill 5/4, Katarina Johnson-Thompson 2/1, Brianne Theisen-Eaton 3/1 - Paddy Power

Athletics: Men’s 10,000 Final (01:27 Sunday BST) - Mo Farah begins his quest for a historic ‘double double’, having won the 5,000m and 10,000m in London. He is in such good form that athletes from other countries may work together to try and work out the best strategy to take him out of his comfort zone.

Odds: Mo Farah 1/5, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor 5/1, Paul Tanui 20/1 - BetVictor

Swimming: Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final (03:04 Sunday BST) - The final event of the swimming competition will feature the cream of the crop from all the best nations and Michael Phelps’ USA team will be hard to stop, but newly-crowned 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty is likely to ensure that Team GB are also in the medal mix.

Odds: USA 1/10, Australia 8/1, Great Britain 10/1 - Ladbrokes

Cycling: Women’s Team Pursuit Final (20:53 BST) - The British quartet of Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand underlined their credentials by smashing the world record in qualifying, and will be looking to replicate that sort of performance to gain gold.  

Odds: Great Britain 2/5, USA 15/8, Australia 40/1 - Sky Bet

Athletics: Women’s 100m Final ((02:37 Sunday BST) - Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the defending Olympic and world champion, while Tori Bowie leads a typically strong US contingent, but the gold could go to the Netherlands if Dafne Schippers lives up to her billing as the flying Dutchwoman.

Odds: Dafne Schippers 7/4, Elaine Thompson 5/2, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 11/2 - Coral

Rowing: Men’s Eight Final (15:27 BST) - The Rio regatta will come to an end with the final of the men’s eight, and Great Britain have high hopes for yet another gold. However, Germany and the Netherlands have both claimed some notable titles this year and it could be a very close finish.

Odds: Great Britain 11/10, Germany 9/4, Netherlands 6/1 - William Hill

Athletics: Men’s Long Jump Final (00:53 Sunday BST) - Greg Rutherford jumped his way to Olympic glory in London and has since added the world, European and Commonwealth titles to his name. He starts as favourite after another impressive year, although US rivals Jarrion Lawson and Jeff Henderson have the potential to spoil the party.

Odds: Greg Rutherford 2/1, Jarrion Lawson 11/4, Jeff Henderson 4/1 - Bet365

Best of the Rest

Athletics: Men’s 100m First Round (16:00 BST) - The world will get its first glimpse of Usain Bolt at Rio 2016. It should be a straightforward workout for the Jamaican superstar, and the British trio of James Dasaolu, James Ellington and CJ Ujah should also make the semi-finals.

Cycling: Women’s Keirin Final (21:27 BST) - Becky James will carry British hopes into the women’s keirin, but it will be a tough task to claim the title against the likes of Kristina Vogel and Anna Meares.

Tennis: Women’s Singles Final (21:20 BST) - It has been a tournament of surprises, with defending champion Serena Williams bowing out early and a number of lower-ranked players excelling, but who will land gold?

Sports.net’s top tip: Dafne Schippers to win the women’s 100m final - 15/8 at Bet365

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 August 2016 03:42:31+00:00
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